§ Mr. Brewis
asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) what was the estimated loss of exports to Rhodesia in the year ended November, 1966;291W
(2) what was the reduction in United Kingdom imports from Rhodesia comparing the year ended November, 1966, with the previous year.
§ Mr. Jay
Before January, 1965, trade with Rhodesia was not separately distinguished in the United Kingdom trade statistics, but was included with that of the former Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Imports from and exports to Rhodesia in the first eleven months of 1966 and the corresponding period of 1965 are given on page 281 of the Overseas Trade Accounts for November, 1966. The difference in the export totals, however, does not give a good measure of any loss to United Kingdom exports as a result of sanctions, since some goods recorded as exported to Rhodesia in 1965 will have been subsequently re-exported to other countries and in 1966 many such goods will have been consigned direct to their eventual markets. In addition, some exporters may have found alternative markets in 1966 for goods that would have been exported to Rhodesia.